Want a smarter snack to give to your little sugarplum? The California Dried Plum website has plenty of healthy eating recipes to make everything from appetizers and salads. Dried plums are nutrient-dense; they provide important vitamins and minerals for their calories. Dried plums also contribute to the overall intake of dietary fiber and phenolic compounds, which function as antioxidants. For today’s recipe, dried plums and rolled oats are layered in these nutrition-packed bars, then baked to crunchy golden goodness for healthy snacking.
Makes 16 servings
1 1/2 cups (about 9 ounces) coarsely chopped dried plums
1/3 cup apricot jam
No-stick cooking spray
2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned or quick, uncooked)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
Powdered sugar (optional)
In medium bowl, combine dried plums and apricot jam; set aside. Lightly spray 8-inch square baking pan with no-stick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine oats, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and soda; mix well. Lightly beat together egg and butter; add to oats mixture, mixing until crumbly. Press 2 cups of mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Spread dried plum mixture over oats; sprinkle remaining oat mixture over top. Bake at 350Â°F oven 20 to 22 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired; cut into 16 bars.